Dorothy Carter: A Woman For All Seasons

Dorothy Carter

Dr. Dorothy Ateca Carter, one of the first African American Graduate Faculty members at Bank Street from the late 1960s to her retirement in the 1980s, who then again worked at Bank Street in the 1990s, died on September 14, 2012, at the age of 94.
Inspiring Teacher and Colleague
Dorothy taught child development and language, literature, and emergent literacy. She headed up Bank Street’s Teacher Corps, the urban education program focused in Central Harlem, and worked as a consultant for the Follow Through program. She was also Bank Street’s first Diversity Committee chair.
Linda Levine, a longtime member of the Graduate Faculty, remembers being Dorothy’s student in a children’s literature course in the 1970s. Says Linda, “she inspired us all with her profound insights and eloquent reading of classic and more recent books for children.” When Linda became Dorothy’s colleague in the 90s, she was similarly inspired by Dorothy’s dedication to advance social justice in and through education.
Graduate faculty member Sal Vascellaro recalls her visits to his graduate literature class: “She talked about the deep meanings of literature in children’s lives. Students were intrigued by the power of her thinking, by her passionate caring for children, by the way she so articulately evoked the world of children. Both in my class and in her children’s books, she illuminated the universal — the child struggling with aspects of the human condition, pivotal moments in a child’s life.”
Early Days in the Theatre
A 1942 drama graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Dorothy received a

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